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Video: Stunning Stems Floral Design

Amy Lombardo - Friday, February 15, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Realistic permanent botanicals can take a great decorative arrangement and make it truly breathtaking. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD showcases a few of the most true-to-life wholesale silk flowers available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Watch along as Vonda builds a sample arrangement to demonstrate just how powerful these pieces can be. 

This sample arrangement uses the gorgeous Mallory compote as a base, a vintage-inspired metallic container with a sophisticated look. Vonda prepared this piece prior to the beginning of the video by inserting a block of floral dry foam that will hold everything securely in place. A thin layer of moss helps camouflage the foam for a more natural look.

Vonda begins the demonstration by creating an asymmetrical halo of wholesale seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller. The contrast between these two muted greens creates a strong sense of depth right from the start.

Next, Vonda adds two stems of lovely silk phalaenopsis. She inserts these toward the edge, the shapes dramatically arching over the entire width of the arrangement. 

Silk calla lilies occupy the open space in the middle. These wholesale silk calla lilies are so realistic, even the stems are soft and flexible – just like the real thing. Because the stems are so soft, Vonda suggests making a hole in the floral foam with a harder object to make insertion easier. She used a marker with a similar width. 

A few pops of silk hydrangea round out the composition with a touch of volume. The result is truly impressive, a spectacular centerpiece that makes a huge impression with just a few carefully-selected ingredients. 

You can find all the wholesale silk flowers used in this video available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. These premium selections are perfect for occasions where realism and quality are the top priority. These permanent botanicals look so lifelike, your customers and clients might find themselves touching the petals to see if they’re real. 

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PWH2729CRGR – Premium Hydrangea Stem 19”, Cream/Green
PWDM1142GR – Dusty Miller Spray 22”, Green
PWC0108WH – Calla Lily Stem 19”, White
PWO1110OC – Phalaenopsis Orchid Spray 28”, Orchid
PWE1096GR – Eucalyptus Bush 22”, Green
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
35350-50 – “Mallory” Compote 5.75x6.5”, Silver

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Video: Victoria Eucalyptus Collection

Amy Lombardo - Saturday, February 09, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

While the silk eucalyptus trend remains stronger than ever, this selection is a truly timeless mainstay in the toolbox of many who work with permanent botanical arrangements – a versatile choice any time a project calls for an earthy and organic silk foliage. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD showcases the Victoria Eucalyptus Collection in this quick video demonstration. This collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale features a gorgeous blue/green/gray color, a bright and lively choice that fits well with a wide variety of color palettes. She begins by introducing three form factors: the garland, wreath, and bush.

For this sample arrangement, Vonda will be using the silk eucalyptus bush option. The gorgeous ceramic compote has been prepared with a block of floral foam to hold the permanent botanical selections in place, covered with a layer of moss for a natural and inconspicuous look. 

Vonda adds each sprig of wholesale silk eucalyptus one at a time, starting on one side and working her way around the edges. She carefully fills in the composition for even height and volume. 

The result is a super-simple, super-quick permanent botanical arrangement that would look fantastic anywhere. This look is easy to modify for custom themes – add your favorite silk flowers and foliage accents or switch up the container to achieve a different style. The sky is the limit with a selection as versatile as silk eucalyptus from the Victoria Collection.

You can find this gorgeous Victoria Collection silk eucalyptus available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide variety of other wholesale silk eucalyptus options to suit any occasion and any style.  

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PWE1094GYGR – Premium Eucalyptus Bush X6, 22”, Gray/Green
PWW1120GYGR – Premium Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Wreath 22”, Gray/Green
PWG1121GYGR – Premium Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Garland 50”, Gray/Green
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
96740-00 – “Benoit” Ceramic Compote 6.25x.5.75”, White

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Video: Haven Collection

Amy Lombardo - Saturday, February 09, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Soft colors can infuse any occasion with an atmosphere of warmth and calm. The gorgeous Haven Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale features a color palette of serene pastels – versatile and easy to coordinate. 

Are you looking for pastel inspiration? Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD showcases the Haven Collection in this quick video demonstration. Follow along as Vonda builds a bouquet using a small selection of wholesale silk flowers in this beautiful colorway.

Vonda begins the construction process by creating a base of foliage starting with silk eucalyptus in a light sage color. She adds silk maidenhair fern to create a trailing halo around the edges. 

Silk flowers from the Haven Collection are the next addition. You will notice that Vonda periodically stops to bind the bouquet with floral wire – this helps ensure the groupings remain securely in place. Vonda adds the blue silk hydrangea first and then binds her progress before making some subtle adjustments to the layout. 

Next is the silk cabbage rose in Vanilla Dream, followed by the Rose Quartz silk ranunculus. Her final additions are the silk green helleborus and silk sweet pea. She takes time to bind the arrangement between each grouping. Vonda has kept each color relatively close together, creating a wonderful color block effect. 

Once she has added all the Haven Collection silk flowers, Vonda binds the bouquet together one last time before trimming the stems for a tidy and even look. She wraps pink ribbon around the entire stem grouping to create a comfortable handle. The ribbon makes the rose quartz ranunculus really pop – feel free to get creative with your ribbon color choices to accentuate the color you want to emphasize the most.

After a little bit of fluffing and readjustments, Vonda displays the result – a fabulous bouquet that perfectly embodies the warm and serene look of the Haven Collection.

Explore the Pioneer catalog to find all the wholesale silk flowers used in this demonstration, plus so many more. 

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Video: Gray Succulents Design

Amy Lombardo - Thursday, February 07, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Modern design palettes are taking advantage of grays more and more. This neutral serves as a strong base for a variety of popular styles, from minimalist to industrial to contemporary chic. Gray accommodates dark and light themes equally well while helping any other accent colors pop. 

Professionals who specialize in home or event décor can benefit from having a wide array of permanent botanicals with gray undertones. Artificial succulents are especially versatile and up-to-date. Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows off a few examples available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – you can see the appeal of these beautiful gray succulents with the simple arrangement she creates.

Vonda begins with a ceramic bowl with a calming gray glaze, a fantastic choice to bring out the gray within the wholesale artificial succulents to be used in this composition. This bowl has been prepared with a block of dry floral foam to hold the artificial succulents in place. A layer of moss conceals the foam for a more natural look. To create a desert theme, you could choose to use small pebbles instead.

A quick time-lapse shows the creation of this handsome arrangement. Vonda begins with the larger artificial echeveria picks and works her way to the smaller bundle. You can see how plump and lifelike each one looks – just like real succulents. 

Explore the Pioneer Catalog to find the wholesale artificial succulents used in this video, along with a wide variety of others. These gray artificial succulents are a useful addition to any designer’s toolbox – sure to prove useful as focal points and small accent pieces alike. 

Shop the complete Gray Succulents Collection here.

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CE9222GYFS – Echeveria Pick 7.5”, Gray Frosted
CE4194GRBU – Soft Echeveria Pick 9”, Green/Burgundy
CE1325GYGR – Echeveria Pick X3, 8”, Gray/Green
CM0165GRGY – Echeveria Pick 6”, Green/Gray
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
93915-00 – “Polly” Ceramic Bowl 7.75x3.5”, Light Blue

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Video:How To: Centerpiece Design from the Royal Azure Collection

Orders Pioneer - Thursday, November 08, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Learn how to create a beautiful deep blue centerpiece using wholesale silk flowers from the versatile Royal Azure Collection by Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD will walk you through the process from start to finish in this easy-to-follow design demonstration. 

Vonda starts by introducing the wholesale permanent botanicals that will go into the composition – silk delphinium in midnight blue, silk peony in steel blue, silk eucalyptus bush in blue, and a few silk hydrangea blossoms in goldenrod for standout appeal.

This arrangement centers around a ceramic compote base, already outfitted with a block of floral foam for the video demonstration. Vonda begins with the silk delphinium because of its wonderfully straight lines, standing as the tallest flower to give the arrangement height and focus. 

Silk wild peony brightens the perimeter. Vonda inserts the deeper blue silk blossoms to bring the color of the silk delphinium down through the centerpiece. Silk hydrangea in bright goldenrod offers energetic contrast and immediately draws the eye as a stunning focal point. 

Permanent botanical hydrangea foliage fills any gaps and simple swaths of moss cover the foam. Vonda wraps up the composition with sprays of silk eucalyptus bush in a dusty teal color – a fantastic way to bridge between the earthy greens and bold blues used throughout.

Explore the rest of the wonderful Royal Azure Collection, along with other versatile color palettes, by browsing the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide range of silk flowers, permanent botanical accents, and useful accessories like wholesale containers and ribbon. 

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#PWE1091BL – Eucalyptus Bush – Blue

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus Garland

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 22, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The versatile silk Sydney eucalyptus garland from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is a great piece to use down the center of tables to breathe life into the décor of weddings, receptions, parties, and other events. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows how to make the most of this gorgeous silk garland. Vonda notes that, like any permanent botanical product, even the most beautiful pieces can be enhanced by leveraging existing strengths with a few smart display techniques.

Vonda begins by manipulating the garland – twisting and lifting the silk foliage for a more realistic and lifelike appearance. 

To make this silk eucalyptus garland look even more impressive, Vonda takes a second silk garland selection and lays it atop the first. She chooses to orient this second piece in the opposite direction to make the composition look even more full and lush.

Watch as Vonda takes time to interweave the two garlands together, overlapping sections of silk foliage to obtain an enhanced sense of volume. She works her way down the entire centerpiece to ensure uniformity before returning to give the middle section just a touch more height for a balanced and striking composition.

As you can see, a few extra seconds of care and attention is all it takes to make these silk eucalyptus garlands spring to life. 

You can find this silk Sydney eucalyptus garland – along with a wide range of other silk flowers and permanent botanical selections – readily available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let Pioneer help you find fresh and exciting ways to take your permanent botanical projects to the next level.

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#PWG1098GR – Sydney Eucalyptus Garland

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus & Hoop Design

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 08, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Floral hoop designs are a modern and stylish mainstay used in many parts of a wedding. These distinctive accents are so quick and easy to create – and the customization options are truly endless.

In this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI, learn how to create a simple hoop-shaped centerpiece using gorgeous permanent botanicals. This design starts with an exceptionally versatile base of silk Sydney eucalyptus from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Vonda begins with a simple plastic hula hoop, the kind that you can find in any department store toy aisle. She has taken the time to wrap the hoop in white satin ribbon before the video. You would normally cover the entire hoop with ribbon, but Vonda has left the bottom exposed to show that any kind of hoop can be used.

The handsome “Woodland” rectangular planter from Pioneer will serve as the centerpiece base. Vonda wedges small blocks of floral foam between the hoop and the planter to ensure a snug and secure fit. 

After the hoop is secured into the planter base, Vonda begins attaching the silk eucalyptus around the body using one full garland to start. You may need to trim the garland or use more than one piece of garland depending on the size of your hoop. 

Vonda has trimmed another silk eucalyptus garland into smaller pieces to complete the base. She gently slides each one into the floral foam, radiating outward from the center. If you do not have enough garland to conceal the foam, consider adding some other type of cover like moss.

There are so many ways to customize this centerpiece. Here, Vonda completes the design by hanging four natural touch silk calla lily stems from the top of the hoop. This draws a lovely rich eggplant color into the arrangement along with a bright pop of green. Experiment with other silk flower or foliage options for a bounty of inspiration.

You can find the silk calla lilies, silk Sydney eucalyptus garland, and “Woodland” rectangular wooden planter all available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website – along with a diverse range of other permanent botanical and silk foliage options to suit the theme of any event. 
 
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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus Bouquet

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 01, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The versatile silk Sydney eucalyptus from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale perfectly captures that rich organic look that so many brides ask about.  

In this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI, learn how to build an elegant custom bouquet that takes only minutes to create. This design is perfect for displays, decorations, for larger groups of wedding attendants, and other situations where you might need a gorgeous high-quality design that takes almost no time to put together. 

For this project, Vonda uses three of the premade real touch silk rose bouquets – available wholesale from Pioneer – along with the silk Sydney eucalyptus bush in lovely dusty green. 

Vonda removes the ties from the silk bouquets before joining them together as one voluminous grouping. She takes trimmed sections of the silk eucalyptus and creates a collar around the bouquet itself. You can see how the addition of the silk eucalyptus immediately enhances the profile and color palette of the arrangement for an unforgettable composition.

Experiment with different combinations of the silk Sydney eucalyptus bush with other silk flower designs to see exactly how versatile this selection really is. Silk eucalyptus is a fantastic starting point for bouquets that are quick, easy, and exceptionally beautiful.

You can find the supplies used in this video within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website, along with a wide variety of other silk flowers, silk foliage, and accessories like wholesale ribbon and dazzling accents. Let Pioneer help you make standout arrangements for any type of event.

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#PWR0140WH – Real Touch Rose Bouquet x5, 10”

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Video: Fall Greenery Design with Grape Ivy

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

With its sophisticated form and color, the grape ivy series from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers endless possibilities for creative embellishments. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI demonstrates two ways to use grape ivy bushes and garland for enchanting table displays. 

First, Vonda begins by drawing attention to the gorgeous colors that make up the grape ivy foliage – rich wine burgundy and earthy green undertones. She chooses an on-trend geometric vase to hold the leafy sprigs, its rustic colors bringing out the inherent warmth of the ivy selections. 

A small block of floral foam supports the ivy cuttings. Vonda pushes the stems into the foam one by one, each with slightly varied length and density for a more natural effect. Lightly fluffing the ivy afterward enhances volume. 

The finished vase arrangement would look wonderful as a table centerpiece, or as general decoration on a mantle or window sill. On their own, both the wholesale ivy and the vase are versatile design tools that transcend seasons. 

To wrap up the video, Vonda shows how to elevate this design with the addition of a long grape ivy garland – its length makes it perfect for use as an eye-catching table runner, equally appealing by itself or paired with the centerpiece vase arranged at the beginning of the video. 

Explore the rest of the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog for endless inspiration – both of these decor ideas lend themselves to modification and reinterpretation through the use of wholesale greenery, containers, and other accessories from the extensive Pioneer collection. 

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#72030-00 – Metal "Roe" Bud Vase 6x5", Copper (Sold Out)
#PWGI3324WNBR – Hanging Grape Ivy Bush 22" – Wine/Brown
#PWG3323WNBR – Grape Ivy Garland 6' – Wine/Brown (Sold Out)

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Video: Dusty Miller Bouquet

Orders Pioneer - Monday, September 17, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Find your new favorite accent for permanent botanical arrangements with this video demonstration featuring Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD.

Vonda introduces an especially versatile pick from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – the silk dusty miller stem, a gorgeous soft green silk foliage option that can easily enhance any type of project. Vonda creates a simple bouquet as an example of its incredible potential. 

This bouquet demonstration uses one stem of silk dusty miller, one bush of artificial tealeaf for the decorative berries, and a bouquet of Real Touch silk calla lilies. With just these simple ingredients, Vonda creates an event-ready composition. 

A time lapse shows the construction process. First, Vonda trims the silk dusty miller into a few smaller sections. She places the smaller sections around the group of silk calla lilies as a collar. She places the larger bunch into the center, ensuring that the leaves go between the silk calla lily blooms to create separation and volume. Vonda places the silk tealeaf stems in a halo around the edges of the bouquet.

As Vonda notes, all that is left to finish the arrangement is to bind the bouquet stems together. 

You can find this exceptionally versatile silk dusty miller stem available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with the silk tealeaf bush and the real touch silk calla lily. Pioneer offers a diverse range of other silk flower and foliage options as well – explore the Pioneer catalog to find the right permanent botanicals and accessories for any occasion.

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#PWT2053 – Tealeaf Bush with Berries, Gray/Green

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